King papers go for more than $130k at NYC auction

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on October 17, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 17 at 7:05 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Papers from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., including speech outlines and letters, have brought in more than $130,000 at auction in New York City.

They were put up for sale Thursday by Maude Ballou, King's secretary from the late 1950s, through the New York office of Texas-based Heritage Auctions.

A series of handwritten notes outlining one of King's speeches was the top lot. It has sold for $31,250.

Two letters King wrote to Ballou from India sold for $18,750 and $17,500. More than 100 items were up for auction.

The prices include a 25 percent commission.

Ballou, of Ridgeland, Miss., will use part of the proceeds to establish an education fund at Alabama State University.

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